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Mark Twain's classic novel of a mischievous boy's pranks and escapades in a nineteenth-century river town—whitewashing a fence, seeking buried treasure, trying to impress the adored Becky Thatcher, and more.

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Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life an array of irresistible characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky—as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave. Below Tom Sawyer's sunny surface lurk hints of a darker reality, of youthful innocence and naïveté confronting the cruelty, hypocrisy, and foolishness of the adult world—a theme that would become more pronounced in Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Despite such suggestions, Tom Sawyer remains Twain's joyful ode to the endless possibilities of childhood.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Author Mark Twain

Narrated by William Dufris

Publication date Mar 31, 2008

Running time 8 hrs

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